Ippon seoi nage

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Ippon seoi nage
Ippon seoi nage.
Ippon seoi nage.
Sub classificationTe-waza
Technique name
RōmajiIppon seoi nage
EnglishOne arm shoulder throw
Korean한팔 업어 치기

The ippon seoi nage (一本背負い投げ) is a throw in judo.[1] It is a variant of Seoi nage, and is one of the nineteen accepted techniques in Shinmeisho No Waza of Kodokan Judo. It is classified as a hand throwing technique, or te-waza.[2]


Ippon seoi nage begins with one judo player (tori) breaking another's (uke's) balance in the forward direction. With one hand holding uke's arm, tori steps forward and turns inward. Tori then passes their arm up under uke's and clamps it. Tori lifts uke off of the ground and throws in the forward direction.[3]

Similar techniques and variants[edit]

Ippon seoi nage is similar to morote seoi nage and eri seoi nage. They differ in that these throws use a two-handed grip. With morote seoi nage, tori grips the sleave and opposite lapel, and with eri seoi nage tori grips the sleave and lapel on the same side.[3] The move is also similar to the over-the-shoulder arm drag from professional wrestling, where it or variants of it may also be called a judo hip throw or toss.[citation needed]

Seoi otoshi and hidari kata seoi are considered to be variations of ippon seoi nage.[4] Hidari kata seoi is a variation of ippon seoi nage, where instead of tori maintaining their sleave grip and going under the same arm, they maintain the lapel grip and go under uke's other arm.[5]

Illustration of Hidari-kata-seoi Judo throw
Demonstration of a hidari-kata-seoi judo throw.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mifune, Kyuzo: The Canon of Judo, Kodansha International Ltd. (Tokyo) 2004, ISBN 4-7700-2979-9, p.
  2. ^ Camerino, Oleguer; Castaner, Marta; Anguera, Teresa M. (1 March 2014). Mixed Methods Research in the Movement Sciences: Case Studies in Sport, Physical Education and Dance. Routledge. ISBN 9780415532273. Retrieved 8 August 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Ray Stevens; Edward Semple (2014). Fundamentals of Judo. Crowood Press. pp. 7–13. ISBN 9781847979186.
  4. ^ Mikinosuke Kawaishi (1963). Standing Judo; The Combinations and Counter-attacks. W. Foulsham & Company Limited. p. 72.
  5. ^ Mikinosuke Kawaishi (1955). My Method of Judo. W. Foulsham & Company Limited. p. 71.

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